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Graylyn Activities

On-Site Activities

When the situation calls for recreation or relaxation, Graylyn offers something for everyone. Stay indoors, curled up by one of our many fireplaces or retreat outside for many recreational activities right on the grounds of the estate. Take time out for yourself or enjoy an activity as a group. Offerings include:

  • Basketball
  • Tennis Court
  • Billiards
  • Fitness room
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • Croquet
  • Horseshoes
  • Volleyball
  • Bicycles
  • Badminton
  • Bocce

Off-Site Activities

Winston-Salem and the surrounding area has a wide variety of activities to meet the demands and interest of the most enthusiastic participants. To learn more please select an activity (click below to learn more about the activities):

 Reynolda House Museum of American Art

Reynolda House Museum of American Art is one of the nation’s premier American art museums, with masterpieces by Mary Cassatt, Frederic Church, Jacob Lawrence, Georgia O’Keeffe and Gilbert Stuart among its permanent collection. Affiliated with Wake Forest University, Reynolda House features traveling and original exhibitions, concerts, lectures, classes, film screenings and other events. The museum is located in the historic 1917 estate of Katharine Smith Reynolds and her husband, Richard Joshua Reynolds, founder of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company. Click to learn more

Reynolda Gardens

The 129 acres known as Reynolda Gardens were part of the 1067-acre Reynolds estate. 125 acres of woodlands, fields, wetlands, and a four-acre formal garden with greenhouse range have been preserved. Today Reynolda Gardens is a center for learning and quiet recreation. Self-guided exploration is welcome, and tours and educational programs are also available. Click to learn more

Reynolda Village

As part of the Reynolds estate, Reynolda Village was originally built as a series of support buildings. Today the chic shopping district is home to a unique selection of upscale shops and restaurants. Take time to explore its beautifully maintained grounds and enjoy its historic significance and charm. Click to learn more


A selection of fine golf courses can be found within the immediate area, including the Championship Course at Tanglewood Park, designed by Robert Trent Jones; Meadowlands, designed by Hale Irwin; Salem Glen, designed by Jack Nicklaus; and Oak Valley, designed by Arnold Palmer. Special golf packages are available through Graylyn's conference coordinators.

Wake Forest University Golf Academy

 The Wake Forest Golf Academy is situated on the pristine campus of Wake Forest University in the heart of Winston-Salem, NC. Utilizing the 17-acre site of the Jesse Haddock Golf Center and the Dianne Dailey Golf Learning Center, the academy offers one of the best training facilities in the country. Featuring the most advanced and up-to-date technology, the 3,500 square foot learning center has five heated hitting bays, a V1 filming system, TrackMan technology, and an indoor putting room equipped with the SAM Putt Lab. Click to learn more

Tanglewood Park

 Always a favorite, all-inclusive golf packages can be arranged by Graylyn coordinators. Play fine courses nearby such as Tanglewood Golf Club’s championship links, designed by Robert Trent Jones; Meadowlands, designed by Hale Irwin; and Oak Valley, designed by Arnold Palmer; and Sale Glen designed by Jack Nicklaus. Click to learn more

Wake Forest University Museum of Anthropology

Wake Forest University's Museum of Anthropology is the only museum in North Carolina devoted to the study of world cultures. Through education and exploration, humanity?s achievements (past and present) are brought to life. The Museum?s permanent exhibits consist of objects from the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Oceania. Household and ceremonial items, textiles, hunting and fishing gear, and objects of personal adornment are presented thematically. Click to learn more

SECCA - The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts

 SECCA (The Southeastern Center for Contemporary Arts) is a series of cascading galleries housed in the 1929 English style home of the late industrialist, James G. Hanes. The original structure has been enhanced with 20,000 square feet of exhibit space. The Centershop at SECCA provides a unique shopping experience with a variety of merchandise, including arts and crafts. Click to learn more

Old Salem

 Founded in 1766 as a Moravian congregation town and backcountry-trading center, Salem has survived to become one of America's most authentic and well-documented colonial sites. Today, Old Salem is a living history town where costumed interpreters demonstrate the household activities and trades that were part of the daily lives of the European-American and African-American residents of Salem in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Old Salem welcomes visitors to stroll through its homes, shops, and gardens. Click to learn more

MESDA - Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts

 MESDA (Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts) is the only museum dedicated to exhibiting and researching the regional decorative arts of the early South, featuring furniture, paintings, textiles, and ceramics. The early South as represented by MESDA was an area of diverse geographic regions and many types of people who established varied lifestyles and cultures. They left behind a legacy of beautifully crafted furniture, handsome portraits, colorful textiles and pottery, and many other objects, which reveal the South?s heritage. Click to learn more

Historic Bethabara Park

 Visit Historic Bethabara Park for an imaginative journey to the Carolina backcountry nearly 240 years ago. On the National Register of Historic Places, this 1753 site of the first Moravian settlement in North Carolina is set in a beautiful, wooded 110-acre park. The museum features restored buildings, a 1788 Moravian church, reconstructed 1752 cabin and French and Indian War Fort, as well as reconstructed colonial and medical gardens, and archeological ruins. Click to learn more

Wine Tours

 From the mountains to the coast, the Tar Heel State is home to 224 vineyards and 25 award-winning wineries. North Carolina's rich farmland and mild climate contribute to the success and wide variety of grapes grown across the state. Winemakers use grape varieties that are grown in North Carolina such as European-types, native muscadines, and other fruits to create wine with a superior flavor. The legacy of North Carolina's wine industry is rooted deep in the colonial heritage of Sir Walter Raleigh's Colony on Roanoke Island, where the first Scuppernong vine was cultivated. Tours can be arranged to experience the wineries of the Yadkin Valley near Winston-Salem.


 Experience North Carolina's natural beauty on an adventure down the Danbury River. Graylyn provides boxed lunches and round-trip transportation to Walnut Cove, where guests are greeted by a facilitator who will serve as their guide. Take the two-hour excursion or the expanded four-hour trip.

Horseback Riding

 Horses are a tradition at Tanglewood Park. The combination of its streams, woodlands and grassy pastures make Tanglewood an ideal countryside park for trail rides, riding lessons, and carriage rides. For an old-fashioned good time, take the entire group on a hayride around the park on the tractor-pulled hay wagon.

Fly Fishing

 Fly fishing is not just for the rivers and streams out West. Enjoy the beauty of the Appalachians through fly fishing. Not experienced? Not to worry! Certified guides can teach you the techniques needed to catch that fateful fish on the trip. Fly fishing schools are offered for fishing enthusiasts of all levels. Whether you want to spend hours on the lawn at Graylyn working with a certified casting instructor or jump straight into the water (waders provided, of course!) and start working on your stream fishing techniques, each school will be tailored to fit your particular needs and desires. Full or half day schools are available on property or on location in the Southern Appalachian Mountains.

Wake Forest University

 North Carolina is well known for its ACC rivalries and its basketball. While visiting Winston-Salem, take advantage of watching an ACC team in action for football or basketball. Wake Forest University is well known for its basketball program by producing NBA stars like Tim Duncan, and Chris Paul. Recently, Wake Forest University ascended in the ranks of college football programs by winning the ACC championship in 2006. Graylyn will work with groups in providing tickets for a game at the gridiron or at the court. Click to learn more

The Dash Baseball

 Take your group out to the ballpark! Buy them some cracker jacks! Enjoy the day at the Field while watching America’s game – baseball. For a cooler summer evening event, games are also played at night followed by the brilliant lights from the fireworks show. Picnics and group outings are available for your group’s ease of planning the event. Leave the planning in the hands of your conference coordinator. Have your company recognized by an announcement or seen on the jumbo screen in the outfield. The Winston-Salem Dash is a Class A minor league team affiliated with the Chicago White Sox. Click to learn more

Downtown Antiques and Arts District

 Downtown Winston-Salem is home to a variety of shops and galleries for visitors to enjoy. The West End Front Door District offers some of the best antiquing in the area, with unique shops in a historic setting. The Arts District is a growing community of eclectic galleries and craft shops. This vibrant area bustles with energy, often until late in the evening during the many special events that bring downtown Winston-Salem to life. Click to learn more




Additional Activities

Winston-Salem Visitor Guide Book

Visit Winston-Salem Site

- Blue Ridge Parkway 

- Pilot Mountain

- Stone Mountain

- Hanging Rock

- Mrs. Hanes Cookies  

- Black Mountain Chocolate Factory Tour 

- Broad Branch Distillery Tour and Tasting

- Winston Cup Museum

- Olio Glassblowing Studio  

- FootHills  Brewery tasting

- Horne Creek Historic Farm excursion with hike, picnic and talk with Park Director

- WSSU Diggs Gallery

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